1492 – 1734 Early Encounters Dutch Colonies

Key Ideas

1. Women were an integral part of the daily life, culture, and success of New Netherland.

2. Dutch women participated in colonial politics and trade.

3. Free and enslaved Black women in New Netherland had to navigate a challenging and often unclear set of social mores and legal boundaries.

4. Native women played a proactive role in tribal responses to Dutch colonization.